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RPM swapped the rear tire combination of changer Justin Fieldler and carrier Eric Wallace from Marcos Ambrose’s team with Aric Almirola’s rear tire changer Kyle Power and rear tire carrier Blake Haugland. The jackmen positions were also exchanged. Rodney Fetters will now jack Almirola’s No. 43 Ford while Kevin Wing is the jackman for Ambrose and the No. 9 Stanley team.


Danica Patrick will be in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spotlight the next six weeks, but then again, when isn’t she?

“I’ll be honest, I wish everybody would get off her back and just let her go race and let her learn,” Stewart said last weekend at Michigan. “Everybody is putting so much pressure on her and so much focus on her. Going to a place that you’ve been to is obviously going to help, but everybody needs to take a step back and let this girl learn and do what she is trying to do there.”


Regardless of the finish of any other driver, Greg Biffle can clinch a berth with a finish of 28th or better, even without leading any laps. If he leads one lap, he can finish 29th or better. He also can lead the most laps led and finish 30th or better.

Matt Kenseth can clinch with an eighth place finish and no laps led, ninth with at least one lap led and a tenth place finish with the most laps led.

It is a bit more difficult for Dale Earnhardt Jr. who will have to finish sixth or better with no laps led, seventh with one lap led, and eighth if he leads the most laps Saturday night.

Five-Time Jimmie Johnson must win or finish second with the most laps led in order to earn a playoff berth.


Front Row Motorsports which currently fields the #26, #34, and #38 cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been ranked #800 on the Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the United States.

This is the first time that a NASCAR racing team from the Sprint Cup Series has actually made the Inc. Magazine list.


A Lewisville woman who has deep roots in the North Carolina Christmas tree industry was the winning bidder for Junior Johnson’s mansion and farm situated just north of the Iredell County line. Loretta Sides Shore, who owns Shore’s Nursery, said Monday that she was the buyer of the house and 150-acre farm at the Aug. 7 auction. The identity of the buyer had been kept confidential. The winning bid was $2.3 million and the sale is scheduled to close this week. Shore’s Nursery grows Fraser firs on more than a dozen farms it owns or leases in the Laurel Springs and Sparta areas of Alleghany County. Shore said she and her husband plan to make minor changes to Johnson’s former home before moving in. The house was a dream home for Johnson, taking two years to build under his scrutiny. The black rails of the cattle fencing are a landmark on the north side of U.S. 421, just west of Interstate 77. Johnson, 81, raised cattle on the farm, but said his health issues meant he could no longer take care of the property. He and his wife moved to the exclusive Quail Hollow neighborhood in Charlotte. Johnson initially listed the house for $6 million and the price was dropped to just less than $5 million. When it didn’t sell, Johnson decided to auction it.